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WRT54GS: Is the orange Cisco light supposed to be disabled?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by jack321, Sep 24, 2010.

  1. jack321

    jack321 Networkin' Nut Member


    I have a WRT54GS router, and for some reason, never heard of Tomato until today. Wow!! What a nice upgrade. Thank you to the developers. :)

    Install went fine, it's just that for some reason the orange light that normally turns on when WiFi is enabled no longer functions.

    Is that intentional or did I mess something up?

    The green WLAN does function. The orange light was useful to see from far away, but I can live with it. Just want to make sure if it's intentional or not.

    Thanks again!
  2. FattysGoneWild

    FattysGoneWild LI Guru Member

    Normal. But you can turn it on in the settings. You have a choice of Amber SES or White SES. It is under Admin. and Buttons/LED You can also choose to have both on at the same time for a awesome effect! :eek::biggrin:
  3. jack321

    jack321 Networkin' Nut Member

    Thanks for the response. I went to that section and ticked it but it's still not coming on.

    Btw, I had this router for years and I just realized that the Cisco Systems logo is actually a button. LOL I'll check into it later to see what it does.

    But about the wireless, it seems that it's not working altogether. I'm online with a wired connection, but when I scan with my laptop it's not picking it up. I'm looking for the default "wireless" ssid.

    Could this be why the cisco light is not turning on? I confirm the WLAN is lit though.

    Here's the settings:

    Enable Wireless: checked
    Mode Access Point
    B/G Mode: Mixed
    SSID: wireless, broadcast checked
    Channel: 7
    Security: WPA2 Personal, TKIP/AES

    Appreciate any help.

    Edit: even when I use the tomato 'Scan' feature it doesn't detect itself. Btw, this is a neat feature to use the channel with no other AP's. But I'm not sure what I screwed up that wifi isn't functioning.
  4. jack321

    jack321 Networkin' Nut Member

    Ok, I got it to working now. I had to change the ssid to something else and I chose AES encryption only, that did the trick. Can connect via wifi without problem and speed test is same as wired.

    The Cisco light still doesn't function though. I tried only amber, only white, and both... none worked.

    I checked the model version of my WRT54GS, it says v.2. Maybe Tomato doesn't support it?

    Also concerning the button, it seems to just enable/disable WLAN, it also flashes dmz. It doesn't update the tomato interface setting though.
  5. FattysGoneWild

    FattysGoneWild LI Guru Member

    You need to reboot the router after it is checked and saved. Then it will come on. I forgot to mention that. :redface:
  6. jsmiddleton4

    jsmiddleton4 Network Guru Member

    There are also some scripts you can run that will cause the light to change colors when the wireless is transferring data, go back to amber when its not, etc.
  7. jsmiddleton4

    jsmiddleton4 Network Guru Member

    This is the one I run in Admin/Scripts/Init so I can see wireless activity based on the light color.

    I=`nvram get wl0_ifname`
    while sleep 1; do
    if [ "`wl assoclist`" != "" ]; then
    XFER=`ifconfig $I|grep bytes`
    if [ "$XFER" != "$PXFER" ]; then
    LED="amber on white on"
    LED="amber on white off"
    LED="amber off white off"
    if [ "$LED" != "$PLED" ]; then
    led $LED

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